Stefano Graziani

Alcune immagini ricorrenti (Some recurring images)


I started this project with an index of places I would like to have visited and photographs I would like to have taken. In many cases they are places that I was not familiar with, but that in some way I could have found or recognised. On this occasion, too, during the time in which I was working the project was radically modified; it has never happened to me to finish what I thought at the beginning was a good idea. I thought it was important to add some captions that would be able to exchange information with the photographs. For this purpose, I asked Federico Zanfi, Carlo Sala, and Ludovico Centis to collaborate on the project by writing texts that would serve as captions for some of the photographs. The project seeks relationships with the known and shared visions of the landscape and of the Via Emilia without any precise order. This exhibition temporarily brings together these works in an order that could be varied and reconstructed.


Thanks to:
Musei Civici of Reggio Emilia and Alessandro Gazzotti, Giacomo Bortolotti, Ludovico Centis, Filippo Patrese, Daniele Rosa, Carlo Sala, Federico Zanfi, Riserva Naturale Salse di Nirano, Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin



Stefano Graziani’s project is part of the group exhibition 2016. Nuove esplorazioni,  curated by Diane Dufour, Elio Grazioli and Walter Guadagnini.

2016. Nuove Esplorazioni

The exhibition originates and develops in relation to Explorations along the Via Emilia (1986), with the aim to describe how the Via Emilia has changed over the last thirty years and how the way of representing it has changed too.

For this research, the festival commissioned seven contemporary authors representing a new generation: Alain Bublex, Stefano Graziani, Antonio Rovaldi, Sebastian Stumpf, Davide Tranchina, Paolo Ventura, and Lorenzo Vitturi. Their task was to give an account of the Via Emilia today.


Stefano Graziani,artist and photographer, studied architecture at the University of Venice IUAV and teaches at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan and the master’s program at IUAV. He collaborates with a number of magazines and publishing houses and is co-founder of the magazines San Rocco and Genda. His published work includes Caraibi (Humboldt Books, 2015), It Seemed as Though the Mist Itself Had Screamed (Galleria Mazzoli, 2014), Conversazioni notturne (Quodlibet, 2014), Memory Talks (a+m bookstore, 2012), Under the Volcano and Other Stories (Galleria Mazzoli, 2009), and L’isola (Galleria Mazzoli, 2009).

His most recent exhibitions include A Small Museum for the American Metaphor, curated by Kersten Geers (Red Cat Gallery – Los Angeles, 2014) and A Minor History within the Memories of a National Heritage (Venice Architecture Biennale, 2014). He is currently preparing for his participation in the Architecture Biennale 2016 with the Christ & Gantenbein studio, and in Bozar 2016 (Brussels) with Office KGDVS.


7 May 10.30 am, Teatro Cavallerizza

2016. New explorations

Diane Dufour, Elio Grazioli and Walter Guadagnini talk with Alain Bublex, Stefano Graziani, Antonio Rovaldi, Sebastian Stumpf, Davide Tranchina, Paolo Ventura, Lorenzo Vitturi

booksigning to follow


8 May 2 pm, Chiostri di San Pietro

ASK THE ARTIST: 2016. New explorations

The artists Alain Bublex, Stefano Graziani, Antonio Rovaldi, Sebastian Stumpf, Davide Tranchina, Paolo Ventura, Lorenzo Vitturi, will answer at questions by public


25 June, 6.30 pm, Chiostri di San Pietro 

2016. New explorations guided tour with the curator Elio Grazioli


Chiostri di San Pietro
via Emilia San Pietro, 44/c
42121 Reggio Emilia



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